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WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018

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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday! It’s the 150th day of the year and graduation day for John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which will hold its commencement at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Memorial Day celebrations highlighted the dwindling membership at Queens Veterans Clubs like the VFW. An ex-NYPD commander blew the whistle on corruption in the investigations unit. And a Jamaica arts organization has issued a last call for applications for its 10-month residency program. One of the city’s top lifeguards tells us how to best enjoy beach season, a historical society leads us on a tour of Old Astoria and the organization Just Food offers a handy list of local CSAs. In sports, Queens soccer star Timothy Weah scored in his first start for the US National Team.

THE IMPRINT: New York Magazine’s cover story describes how to “Get Happier” at Yale’s most popular course.



Queens Veterans’ Clubs Struggle to Stay Open

Declining membership and rising costs threaten to close local veterans’ clubs throughout Queens, members say. “Young kids coming out of the service, they really don’t want to join anything, and old membership is dying off,” a Woodside VFW administrator told NY1. The Woodside VFW has only “about a year” left, he said. Last year, the Blissville American Legion shut down and the nearby Catholic War Veterans Post faces same fate.

Mark the 1-Year Anniversary of the New Astoria Ferry With the Old Astoria Historic Walking Tour

The organization Geography of New York City will celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Astoria ferry with a historic neighborhood walking tour that kicks off from the ferry landing. The tour will include stops at Socrates Sculpture Park, antebellum residences of Old Astoria and various community churches. The $20 walk will end at Bohemian Hall, a century-old Czech biergarten, where participants can grab a drink and dinner. Register in advance by emailing

One of the City’s Top Lifeguards Reveals How to Best Enjoy the Beach This Summer

Assistant Lifeguard Coordinator Javier Rodriguez has been working as a New York City lifeguard for 40 years. He even took time to man the city’s pools and beaches while he attended law school. Today, he is tasked with training lifeguards citywide. His Advice? “I think the most important thing for beachgoers is never swim alone,” he told AMNY. “There are too many sad stories out there.” He also urges beachgoers to wear sunscreen and a hat with a brim when they visit Orchard Beach or Rockaway.

Queens’ 18-year-old Soccer Phenom Scores for the US National Team

Soccer star Timothy Weah’s speed and skill have carried him from the parks of Queens to the starting lineup of the US National Team. Weah, 18, first played for Rosedale Soccer Club before moving to Ridgewood-based Blau-Weiss Gottschee, part of the US Soccer Development Academy. On Monday night, he featured in the US team’s starting XI for a match against Bolivia. Weah scored a goal in the 59th minute of a 3-0 victory. The teenager recently finished his first season with the giant club Paris St. Germain.

This Composting Project Is Revolutionizing ‘Zero Waste’ at NYCHA Properties

Big Reuse, an environmental organization that champions zero waste initiatives, invites Queens residents to visit its composting project at the Queensbridge Houses today at 1 pm. Big Reuse partners with the Department of Sanitation to establish composting projects in western Queens. Their project at the immense Queensbridge Houses is the first large-scale initiative to engage NYCHA residents in the city’s Zero Waste program. Last year, the project handled 1 million pounds of organic waste.

Queens DSA Members Gather for Monthly Meeting Tonight in LIC

The Queens branch of the Democratic Socialists of America will hold its monthly meeting at the New York Irish Center in Long Island City tonight at 7:30 pm. The progressive political party will hear statements from members running for branch leadership positions and discuss strategies for the future as primary elections approach.

Obstruction in a Queens Probe Illustrates Corruption in the NYPD Internal Investigations Unit, Ex-Commander Reveals

As commander of the NYPD’s Detective Bureau investigations, Warner Frey said he saw firsthand how high-ranking cops could influence internal probes. In an interview with the Daily News, Frey revealed how one Queens cop’s lenient punishment for falsifying arrest information illustrates the problem. After the 106th detective squad’s Thomas Rice made up dozens of names to close 22 grand larceny cases, he was penalized just 20 vacation days. Frey said administrators blocked his investigation and refused to refer the case to the Queens DA.

An Amazing Map Aggregates Every Ethnic Restaurant in Queens

Data journalist Eamon Anderson used Health Department records to create a stunning map of Queens’ restaurants organized by ethnic flavor. The map not only shows foodies where to go for varied Chinese, Greek or Indian dishes, it demonstrates the diverse demographics of the borough. For example, the map depicts the dense cluster of Chinese spots in Flushing and the row of Latin American restaurants along the 7-Line in Jackson Heights.  

Applications Are Due At Midnight for the Jamaica Center of Arts & Learning’s Residency

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is recruiting Queens County artists for its ten-month residency program. Applications are due by midnight tonight. JCAL will select up to 12 artists to participate in a seminar series that tackles issues like financial management, grant-seeking and effective networking. The organization will award two artists with a $10,000 Workspace Fellowship that includes mentorship, studio space and free admission to the seminar series.

Find a CSA in Your Neighborhood Thanks to the Nonprofit Just Food

The nonprofit organization Just Food has issued a handy list of local CSAs for Queens residents to peruse. CSA stands for community-supported agriculture and enables city residents to purchase food directly from farms outside New York City. The programs sustain the farms and provide access to a weekly box of varied veggies.



LONG READ: Lax oversight, dubious testing in water tanks pose health risks — City & State

ANOTHER LONG READ: Revisit “How school shootings catch on,” a 2015 article from the New Yorker’s Malcolm Gladwell

VIRAL: Folks on Twitter remember comedian Phil Hartman 20 years after his death.

YUM: Check out this stunning and elaborate map of ethnic restaurants in Queens created using Department of Health data.


NATIONAL NEWS:  At least 4,645 people died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, according to a recent study — via the Washington Post . . . It’s Warriors vs. Cavs in the NBA Finals for the 4th year in a row —  via The San Francisco Chronicle

FOREIGN DISPATCHES: A gunman in Belgium killed three people, including two female police officers — via BBC . . . Kim Jung-Un’s aide is on his way to New York City — via The Guardian



10:30 AM to 3:30 PM — John Jay Commencement at Arthur Ashe Stadium Details

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM — Zero Waste Instameet at Queensbridge Houses Composting Site Details

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM —Old Astoria Historic Walking Tour Details

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM — Oral History Workshop at Queens Central Library Details

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM — Queens County Committee Training for Progressive Organizations Details

7:30 PM to 8:30 PM — Women In Suspense at Book Culture in LIC Details

7:30 PM — Actoria’s Faux Tony Awards Gala in Astoria Details

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM — Queens DSA Monthly Branch Meeting Details


QUEENS SPORTS: Rosedale’s 18-year-old Timothy Weah scored a goal in his first start for the US Men’s Soccer Team — Via ESPN



Happy Birthday to Idina Menzel, Cee-Lo Green, Remy Ma, Steven Gerrard, Duncan Jones, Wynonna Judd, Tom Morello, Manny Ramirez and Gale Sayers

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